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'Forever young' Heartbroken mum of Adam Mc Cormick (14) pays tearful tribute to son at funeral

"If I could have taken your place, I would have done so willingly"

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RIP Adam Mc Cormick

RIP Adam Mc Cormick

RIP Adam Mc Cormick

The heart-broken mother of young Adam Mc Cormick (14) paid a tearful tribute to her young son at his funeral mass earlier today.

Adam sadly lost his battle for life on Monday after being airlifted to hospital following an horrific incident at Hollywood Lake on Sunday

Speaking at the service for Adam in St Marys Chapel, Threemilehouse, Co Monaghan, Aoife Mc Cormick said: “I hear it mentioned often that time will heal the pain but if I'm being honest I hope it will remain. I loved you so very much, why did you go away?

“If I could have taken your place, I would have done so willingly. You should have had so many years to watch your life unfold and in the midst of this watch me, your mum, grow old.”

"I hope you're watching from above at the daily tasks I do and let there be no doubt at all, I really do love you.”

Aoife received a standing ovation from the congregation that had earlier been welcomed to the church by the officiating priest.

As well as Aoife, he welcomed his grandparents Jeanette, Niall and Eugene, uncles Brian, Christopher, who is in the USA and Connor, dad Ryan, great grandparents, extended family members, and all his many young friends.

The celebration of Adam’s life began with the symbols that were important to him, including a speaker as he loved his music and his dancing.

There was his Liverpool jersey that he wore always. The congregation were told that he enjoyed all soccer games including the European games “but he was indeed a deeply devoted Liverpool fan."

His black hoodie, his most favourite garment in his wardrobe and shampoo were also presented.

“What can we say about Adam and his hair?” the priest said. “I know Aoife, for once, he took your advice when you recommended a particular shampoo for him.

"He loved his hair, he wouldn't leave the house unless it was perfect. He would even have a blow dry every day.

"There was his mug, as he loved his tea and his coffee and a football, as we know that Adam enjoyed a kick around. He loved playing football outdoors and trying to teach his tricks to others."

"He was also never without his phone,” the service was told. “It was a lifeline for Adam who loved it for playing his music and for chatting with his friends. He was lost when he didn't have his phone, especially Aoife, if you tried to take it from him.

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"I see we have a PlayStation controller I think he broke it many times.”

The priest said Adam’s death had touched the whole community in Threemilehouse.

“Adam’s family are sadly no strangers to tragedy,” he said, referring to the 2006 local tragic accident that killed his uncle Gary.

"That, in particular has left its scar and heartache on all of you,” the priest added.

“However, some good will come from Adam's death. You young people like Adam’s family are troubled by Adam’s death. Young boys and girls, I ask you to support each other in your loss. Chat, meet let your real and true feelings be expressed be it to your family or to your friends

"And older people, I ask you to look after these kids in their pain and in their loss.

"Adam was a very loving and lovable young teenager,” he added

“He lived for his family, you Aoife, nanny, grandads and uncles and family members, you were the centre of the life of Adam and Adam was the centre and focus of your life.

“He was the boss, the king in your house nanny and indeed in his own house,” he added. “He was a home bird and loved the comforts of his own home. Adam was a shy and quiet lad growing up and he had a very caring and soft and kind nature.

“He was sensitive and people could talk to him and could confide in him without difficulties. Everybody will tell you that Adam was always polite respectful with a great sense of humour and a quick wit.

“Adam grew in confidence over the years. He was shy at the beginning of school and it was a lovely tribute paid to Adam from the primary school St Mary's that said, ‘we were very fond of Adam. He was gentle, shy, caring and always had a lovely smile'.

"As Adam got older he grew in confidence as a young man, he pushed the boundaries and he had many friends."

His uncle Christopher in Chicago sent a message that said: "Adam I'll never forget the first time I saw you lying in your Moses basket at just one month old in London. I was only 15 but I was so excited to be your uncle.

"We really did have the best of times together. I am heartbroken that our list of memories ends here today but no more than anything you are my best friend, my nephew and my world.”

The priest closed the service by saying: “Today family, friends and community we have to console ourselves that Adam will always be, for you, forever young."

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